Max Aaron

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Max Aaron
Max Aaron - 2013 U.S. Championships.jpg
Aaron during the exhibition gala at the 2013 U.S. Championships
Personal information
Full name Maxwell Theodore Aaron
Country represented United States
Born (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 23)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Home town Scottsdale, Arizona
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Coach Tom Zakrajsek
Becky Calvin
Former coach Julie Patterson
Doug Ladret
Choreographer Phillip Mills
Former choreographer Mark Pillay
Lori Nichol
Pasquale Camerlengo
Tom Dickson
Catarina Lindgren
Skating club Broadmoor SC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 240.22
2014 U.S. Classic
Short program 78.96
2014 U.S. Classic
Free skate 162.45
2013 Skate America

Maxwell Theodore Aaron (born February 25, 1992) is an American figure skater. He is the 2013 U.S. national champion, the 2011 U.S. national junior champion, and a three-time U.S. International Classic champion (2012, 2013, and 2014).

Personal life[edit]

Maxwell Theodore Aaron was born in Scottsdale, Arizona.[1] The second of three children born to Mindy, a nurse, and Neil, a pediatrician, he has two sisters, Madeline and Molly, both of whom have competed in pair skating.[2][3] He is Jewish,[4] and was raised in a traditionally Conservative Jewish home.[5] He said:

I grew up looking to all those Jewish athletes for inspiration. I always thought the list needed to be longer. We needed to have a stronger representation of Jewish athletes, and I’m so happy that I’m part of them now.[5]

Aaron attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and later Cheyenne Mountain High School,[6] graduating in 2010. He received the Principal's List Award and was on the honor roll for four years.[7] He then began studying at Pikes Peak Community College[5] and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he majors in finance.[7]


Early years[edit]

Aaron began skating as a hockey player at age four, and took up figure skating at age nine to improve his skating skills.[8][9] He competed in the USA Hockey nationals in 2006 and 2007.[5] In hockey, he played U16 AAA, the highest level for ages 16 and under, and was one of 40 youngsters to make the USA hockey development team in 2007.[8][10] He led his league in goals and penalties for two years.[8]

In figure skating, Aaron finished in 5th place on the novice level at the 2007 US Championships and 13th on the junior level at the 2008 U.S. Championships.[7] He continued to compete in both sports until he injured his back, later in 2008. After fracturing the right and left of his L5 lumbar vertebrae, he spent four months in a body cast and another four in physical therapy, and was required to stay off the ice for a year.[6][8][10][11]

Aaron later moved from Scottsdale, Arizona, where he had skated at Alltell Ice Den,[6] to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to train at the Broadmoor Skating Club and the World Arena.[8][11] There, he picked Tom Zakrajsek as his head coach and Christy Krall for additional technical advice.[8] Zakrajsek describes Aaron as a strong jumper who jumps high, skates very fast with tremendous power, and has the ability to compete very closely to what he trains.[8]

2010–present; US Championship[edit]

A year after his back injury, during the 2009–10 season, Aaron won the bronze medal at the U.S. national junior championships.[8] In 2011, he won a silver medal at the SBC Cup in Karuizawa, Japan.[8] He then won the national junior title, while at the same championships, his younger sister Madeline won the novice pairs title with her partner, and his older sister Molly finished in 11th place in senior pairs.[8] He then competed in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, and placed 5th.[8]

Aaron won gold at the 2012 U.S. International Classic.[12] He took silver at the 2012 Cup of Nice.[13]

At the age of 20, Aaron won the 2013 U.S. Championships.[14][15] After opening his West Side Story free skate with a quad Salchow-double toe combination and a quad Salchow, he performed six triple-jumping passes in bonus time.[10][16] He scored a total of 255 points and won gold ahead of silver medalist Ross Miner and three-time winner Jeremy Abbott.[15]

Aaron made his Grand Prix debut at the 2013 Skate America. In sixth place after the short, he placed second in the free and pulled up to win the bronze medal behind winner Tatsuki Machida and silver medalist Adam Rippon. He placed 7th and the NHK Trophy. At the 2014 US Nationals, he placed third and was named to the team for the World Championships, where he placed 8th. Together with Jeremy Abbott's 5th place finish, they gained the third spot back for the US men.[17]

On June 28, 2014, it was announced that Aaron had been named to the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 Rostelecom Cup for the 2014–15 Grand Prix season.[18]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

  • Once Upon a Time

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix


Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Worlds 7th 8th
Four Continents 4th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Rostelecom 7th
GP Skate America 3rd
GP Skate Canada 3rd
CS U.S. Classic 1st 1st 1st
Cup of Nice 2nd
Nebelhorn 5th
International: Junior[25]
Junior Worlds 5th
JGP Final 4th
JGP France 3rd
JGP Japan 2nd
Gardena Trophy 2nd J.
U.S. Champ. 3rd J. 1st J. 8th 1st 3rd 4th
Midwestern 2nd J.
Southwestern 1st J. 1st J.
Team events
World Team
1st T
(4th P)
1st T
(8th P)
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.


National or North American[7]
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
U.S. Championships 5th N. 13th J.
U.S. Junior Champ. 1st Jv. 3rd I.
NACS, Pittsburgh 8th N.
Midwestern Sectionals 8th J.
Pacific Coast Sect. 2nd N. 1st J.
Southwest Pacific Reg. 9th Jv. 1st Jv. 1st I. 1st N. 2nd J.
Levels: Jv. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Max AARON: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ford, Bonnie D. (March 12, 2013). "Aaron not your conventional skater". ESPN. 
  3. ^ Felton, Renee (January 26, 2011). "Another day, another title for Aaron family". IceNetwork. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schwartz, Elizabeth (February 2014). "Inspirational Olympic Quest: Max Aaron". Arizona Jewish Life Magazine. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lieber, Chavie (February 19, 2013). "Inspired by past Jewish stars, champion skater Max Aaron eyes Sochi Olympics". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 
  6. ^ a b c Kippert, Amanda (February 2014). "The Ice Man". Phoenix Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Max Aaron". IceNetwork. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Walker, Elvin (May 15, 2011). "Aaron starts to hit his stride". Golden Skate. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Brodie, Rob (March 16, 2013). "Max Aaron: Hockey and Figure Skating". IFS Magazine. 
  10. ^ a b c Rosewater, Amy (March 7, 2013). "Max Aaron: All In For Sochi". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Metcalfe, Jeff (January 28, 2013). "Arizona native Max Aaron goes from the brink of quitting to U.S. figure skating champion". 
  12. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 15, 2012). "Aaron rumbles with quad Salchow, eight triples". IceNetwork. 
  13. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (January 21, 2013). "Road to Omaha: Aaron will leave nothing on table". Ice Network. 
  14. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (January 27, 2013). "Max Aaron lands two quads, wins first U.S. title". USA Today. 
  15. ^ a b Armour, Nancy (January 28, 2013). "Max Aaron wins first US Figure Skating Championships title". Associated Press ( Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (January 28, 2013). "Scottsdale's Max Aaron wins U.S. Figure Skating senior men’s championship". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "US Men gain ground in World Figure Skating". March 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/15 - Men" (PDF). June 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ Brannen, Sarah S. "Aaron striving to become more balletic on the ice". Icenetwork. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  20. ^ McCarvel, Nick (July 30, 2014). "Aaron prepares for battle by returning to his roots". IceNetwork. 
  21. ^ "Max AARON: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ Rosewater, Amy (May 21, 2013). "Hard-working Aaron aims to modernize 'Carmen'". IceNetwork. 
  23. ^ "Max AARON: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Max AARON: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "Competition Results: Max AARON". International Skating Union. 

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